Rep. Mike Garcia, statement following today’s violent protest at the U.S Capitol.

He condemns violent protests amid Electoral College vote count.

Earlier this week Mr. Garcia said that he formally was going object to the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's electoral college victory during a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6.

“I do believe there is enough evidence of compromised processes and breakdowns in election integrity by certain state legislatures that do in fact warrant a closer examination,” Garcia said in a statement. “We need a full forensic audit of several states to ensure all Americans have confidence in our elections."

“What is happening in the Capitol today is unacceptable and tragic to our nation’s Integrity. I call for those engaged in storming Congress to immediately cease your operations. Allow our Constitutional processes to proceed and allow our security guards and our staff to go home safely to their families.”

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“Overrunning the People’s House is not the way. Peaceful protest and meaningful debate on the floor is what is needed. We have neither right now. This behavior isn’t patriotism. It’s insurrection.”